Sea­son opener brings smiles to Wolfville Tri­tons swim­mers

Valley Journal Advertiser - - SPORTS -

In sport, as in life, we of­ten mea­sure achieve­ment by mile­stones.

Dur­ing the first com­pe­ti­tion of the sea­son, two Tri­tons swim­mers passed an im­por­tant mile­stone in each of their races.

Eleise Groen­eveld, 13, broke the three-minute mark on her 200-me­tre breast­stroke with a 2.59.35, tak­ing 4.84 sec­onds off her pre­vi­ous time and plac­ing her third in that event over­all.

Ava Vial, 16, achieved a time of 59.53 for her 100m freestyle, mak­ing it the first time she has bro­ken the one-minute mark and get­ting a re­sound­ing ap­plause from the spec­ta­tors.

This meet, held at the Dalplex in Hal­i­fax, was the first com­pe­ti­tion of the sea­son and with many of the swim­mers still com­pet­ing in school sport, there was no high ex­pec­ta­tion of per­for­mances.

That said, the swim­mers are al­ways ex­pected to do their best when they at­tend meets but when

train­ing is min­i­mal, no one could be ex­pected to pro­duce the per­for­mances we got, said head coach Moira Mil­ward.

“We had 19 swim­mers at­tend this meet, show­ing that our num­bers are in­creas­ing and re­sults show that the swim­mers are some of the best in the prov­ince,” she said.

“As the sea­son pro­gresses and the other sports end their sea­son, we can ex­pect greater

things go­ing from what we saw at this first meet. Swim­ming does re­quire many hours of train­ing

to pro­duce re­sults, and the ex­cite­ment that was seen at our first meet sug­gests that this sea­son

could be our best ever. I look for­ward to see­ing what our swim­mers can do.”

Wolfville Tri­tons have five swim­mers nom­i­nated for the prov­ince’s ‘Next-Gen’ pro­gram, a pro­gram that rec­og­nizes up and com­ing swim­mers and sup­ports them with lead­er­ship and some fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance.

The next meet will be at Aca­dia in Novem­ber, so home pool ad­van­tage will be in the swim­mers’ favour.

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Eleise Groen­eveld

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Ava Vial

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